Fred.Olsen want to ensure you’re confident to travel with them on their smaller ships when the time is right. So during this pause in operations, they are busy making preparations to explore the world again, as soon as the world is ready.
So, to help you feel more comfortable booking a cruise holiday with them, and assure you of a relaxing and safe experience on board, they have created their Safe Sailing Charter.
They’re looking forward to sailing with you again and are busy making preparations so that when the world is ready, they will be too.
You might be wondering what they’ll be doing to make sure you have a relaxing and safe experience on board. They also thought you might have some questions about what exactly cruising will look like on their small ships when they’re sailing together again.
Whilst some cruise lines are starting to share their thoughts on health and safety and what they think the future of cruising will look like, their view is that it is still a little too early, given the very changeable situation and ever-evolving science. They know there is a lot of speculation over temperature scanners, the wearing of masks, removal of buffets and new air conditioning filters and systems. However, they believe a more considered and careful approach is needed. This is not just to make sure they get it absolutely right, but also to retain safely those elements of the cruise experience we all know and love.
They have been working very hard with other UK cruise lines, their industry body CLIA and Public Health England, and have been reviewing the recently released EU ‘Healthy Gateways’ guidelines, to ensure they all agree on the best protocols to put in place before they all start sailing again.
As a family founded cruise line, they take your safety and wellbeing personally. So in the meantime, they have developed their Safe Sailing Charter to let you know about all the ways in which they already keep you safe on board their smaller ships.
This Charter will be continually reviewed and updated as their conversations continue and the situation evolves over the next few months. They will of course keep you updated every step of the way with new best practices and government approved guidelines, as and when they are agreed at an industry level.
The highest cleanliness standards
The protocols they use on board follow those approved for hospitals. These involve a dedicated sanitation team who work throughout the day and night ensuring all surfaces in all areas are frequently cleaned with anti-viral solutions. They ensure these protocols are strictly followed with regular auditing using UV and swab testing carried out by their Sanitation Officer.
To maintain their high standards, their crew training will include any new industry approved processes.
They also clean your cabin with the same anti-viral solutions on each day of your cruise and each cabin is deep cleaned between guests departing and arriving. These solutions will kill bacteria and viruses including Norovirus and Coronavirus.
They know some of their guests are concerned about air recirculation through air conditioning systems on ships. They think it’s reassuring to know their smaller ships are designed to deliver 100% fresh air. This means there is a much lower requirement for air recirculation on board.
Specialist medical facilities
They have medical centres on board their ships managed by teams of Doctors and Nurses. They are working with Public Health England, the CLIA Medical Action Group and other UK cruise lines to develop agreed and comprehensive processes for how we isolate and treat any guests with symptoms either on board or at the destination.
Additional port options
They will continue to follow the latest advice and guidance from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on which ports we visit when they start sailing again. If government advice changes about one of their planned ports of call during a cruise, their smaller ships have more options for alternative ports, which allow them to change course more easily.
Pre-approved tour partners and smaller groups
They only sell shore tours from pre-approved partners in the country they are visiting and where they are confident they will uphold the standards required locally.
Their tours only visit attractions when their approved local tour providers are confident they are following the expected health and safety protocols.
Finally, their smaller ships allow for smaller tours and they have a capacity limit of no more than 25 guests in each shore tour group.
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